Mar 4, 2007

The perfect T-shirt

I've had a favorite t-shirt for about the last, oh, ten years or so. I bought it in Portland, Oregon at a vintage clothing store in about 1997. It's so old, thin, and holey that it's reserved only for a sleep shirt.

(I would wear it, but it's just a leeeeee-tle too sheer from years of washing.) Basically, what I like about it is the modest scoop neck, the cap sleeves, and the mid-hip length. For my Create Along project, I'm going to try to replicate the shirt's cut, but incorporate an interesting textured pattern. Using Barbara Walker's Treasury of Knitting Patterns, I found and swatched the Grecian Plait Stitch in some Calmer that I'm using for another project.

At the bottom of the swatch it's the normal pattern, then a variation on top. The variation has a nice criss-crossy look to it, and I think I like it!

I plan on ordering some Classic Elite Premiere this week and swatching that to see if I still like the pattern. And in the meantime, I need to start sketching for my first ever design, which I'm calling the Roadrunner in honor of the cute little bird on the original shirt.


mames said...

mmmmm, i love old t-shirts. i have some in reprehensible condition that i cannot part with...knitting a replica is such a great idea! i'll stay tuned to see progress.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

That's a great idea. I made one of my favorite designs using my favorite Gap Hoodie as a starting point.

You'll get very different results depending on whether you use the Calmer or the Premiere. Calmer should have a bit less drape. Knitted fabric also responds really differently to shaping than cotton T fabric does, so you may find that you need to make some adjustments based on the yarn characteristics, too. Just some stuff to think about!

I love the roadrunner. I hope there's some way to incorporate that into the design, even if it's just on a homemade label.